Buddhist Lama says Loch Ness monster is mythological water deity

The first Buddhist Lama in Britain, who is leading the project to create a new Buddhist centre in the Highlands of Scotland said the famous Loch Ness monster is a naga, a water deity which brings prosperity in the religion, according to a news report in The Scotsman .

The Loch Ness monster is an unknown animal that some people believe inhabits Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. Popular interest and belief in the animal’s existence has varied since it was first brought to the world’s attention in 1933, and made famous by a photograph supposedly taken by Robert Kenneth Wilson in 1934, depicted below. Evidence of its existence is anecdotal, with minimal and much-disputed photographic material and sonar readings.

Photo of the ‘Loch Ness monster’ taken by Robert Wilson

The most common speculation among believers is that the creature represents a line of long-surviving plesiosaurs, a Mesozoic marine reptile. The scientific community regards the Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as ‘Nessie’, as a modern-day myth, and explains sightings as including misidentifications of more mundane objects, outright hoaxes, and wishful thinking. However, spiritual director of the new Buddhist centre in the Highlands, Lama Gelongmo Zangmo, has another explanation:

“Nessie is a naga. We build the relationship with the naga, try to please them and don’t abuse the environment,” said Lama Zangmo. “If Nessie is treated well, she will bring prosperity.”

The naga is a legendary aquatic, serpentine creature that resides in oceans, rivers, lakes, or waterfalls. Nagas are said to have black scales and can grow to hundreds of feet in length. Nagas are traditionally worshipped as personifications of water deities and considered bringers of rain and clouds. They are guardians of temples and holy places. Most Kaliyatran believe that the superior God direct the actions of the nagas, and these sea serpents are honoured with many titles such as the “Maharaja Sarpa” and the “Naga who is God”. It is commonly believed that nagas live in underground cities, are capable of speech and can use their heavenly powers to control weather and assume humanoid form at will.

Tibetan Buddhist depiction of a naga. Image source .

Tributes have already been made at the Samye Ling monastery in Dumfries-shire, and a shelter has been made at the nearby River Esk, where sacrifices have been left to the spirit. Dr William Tuladhar-Douglas, Buddhism lecturer from the University of Aberdeen, said: “There’s about 2,500 years’ worth of history behind a gesture like that.”

Featured image: A depiction of naga. Image source .

A 1,800-year-old ring and the curse of the ‘evil eye’

Last year, archaeologists in Croatia found a remarkable 1,800-year-old ring with an ‘eye’ that was used to protect the wearer from spells or a bad curse, often referred to as the ‘evil eye’. The belief that a look of envy or dislike from another person could cause injury, bad luck or even death for the person at whom it is directed has existed for at least 5,000 years and has often led to individuals taking protective measures, such as wearing particular items of jewellery.

The ring was one of about 200 items recovered two metres under soil in the eastern town of Vinkovci, an area known to be occupied long before the Roman period. While the unearthed ceramic items date from the first to the sixth century AD, the unusual ring was dated to the third century. On the ring there is an outline of a rabbit or a mouse nibbling a flower, a symbol of happiness, while above the edge of the ring there is an eye, symbolising protection from misfortune.

Written record of the evil eye goes back to around 3,000 BC to the Sumerians who left behind a clay tablet inscribed with a prayer to ward off the curse. Remarkably, a similar prayer is still used today in many cultures around the world, particularly in the Mediterranean.

It is believed, however, that the believe in an ‘evil eye’ goes back to the upper Palaeolithic period as 10,000-year-old drawings have been found on cave walls in Spain which appear to depict symbols to ward off the evil eye.

The tradition and concept varies widely among different cultures, but belief in the evil eye exists far and wide. It is particularly strong in the Middle East, Central America, East and West Africa, South Asia, Central Asia, and Europe, especially the Mediterranean region. It has also spread to areas, including northern Europe, particularly in the Celtic regions, and the Americas, where it was brought by European colonists and Middle Eastern immigrants.

The concept appears several times in the Old Testament and is also found in Islamic doctrine, based upon the statement of Muhammad, “The influence of an evil eye is a fact…” [Sahih Muslim, Book 26, Number 5427].

Attempts to ward off the curse of the evil eye has resulted in a number of talismans in many cultures, usually disks or balls consisting of concentric blue and white circles, a blue or green eye appearing on a hand, and various other forms of jewellery depicting an eye. But in addition to talismans or ‘lucky charms’, many cultures have engaged in protective measures in an attempt to ward off the evil eye. For example, Asian children sometimes have their faces blackened, especially near the eyes, for protection. Among some Asian and African peoples the evil eye is particularly dreaded while eating and drinking, because soul loss is thought to be more prevalent when the mouth is open; in these cultures, the ingestion of substances is either a solitary activity or takes place only with the immediate family and behind locked doors. Other means of protection, common to many traditions, include the consumption certain foods, the wearing of sacred texts, the use of certain hand gestures, and the display of ritual drawings or objects. The Romans even wore a large phallus object around their neck for protection, presumably to draw the eye’s attention to it rather than the wearer!

Medical science and objectivity tells us that the eye cannot kill, though for centuries deaths were often attributed to the evil eye. In medieval Europe witches were often identified – and burned at the stake – on the evidence that they had directed an angry glare at someone that resulted in their death. So frightened was the British court system of the evil eye and its bewitching powers that it required that accused witches be brought into the courtroom walking backwards.

UFO entering Volcano in Mexico?

One of the most interesting latest videos of UFOs is the video of what appears to be an unidentified flying object (UFO) entering the Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico which was recorded on May 30 by the daily video monitors of Televisa, a Mexican media company.

Televisa monitors the volcano on a daily basis and this video is a time lapsed video, which means video images taken at a specific interval. A special effects expert who has worked for the US Navy and Congress in Washington, was asked by Huffington Post about the authenticity of the video and, after analysing the video, he concluded that the video appears genuine.

However, he says that since the video is time lapsed, the speed that you see is not the real speed and if played at real speed then the speed is similar to aircraft speeds. This doesn’t mean that it is an aircraft though, although he suggests that it may be an ‘illusion’ giving you the impression that it goes down while it goes away. If you watch the video carefully that may be the case but it is not for sure.

It is interesting to mention that there was a similar video taken last year by the same company showing another object, cigar shaped this time, entering the volcano. Mutual UFO Network suggested that this may have been a meteor.

The reality is that since it is a time lapse video, it is difficult to say with certainty.

FBI Struggles to Explain 1950 UFO Memo

A 1950 memo describing the recovery of three ‘flying saucers’ in New Mexico has been viewed millions of times since it was released in the FBI digital archive as part of the Freedom of Information Act.

The one-page memo was sent by Guy Hottel, the head of the FBI’s District of Columbia field office, to FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover. The memo contained information that Hottel had received from an about a possible UFO discovery.

“An investigator for the Air Force stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico,” Hottel wrote.

“They were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only 3 feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed fliers and test pilots.”

The fumbling response from the FBI failed to provide a believable explanation: “It is simply a second- or third-hand claim that we never investigated.”

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Ex US Military Veteran claims to have worked with aliens

Charles James Hall, a Vietnam Veteran, has given a fascinating interview on an Australian news morning show, where he claimed that he had worked with Aliens in the Nellis Nevada Air Force base.

He was stationed in the Airforce for more than two years and during that period of time he claims that he was in contact with three different species of Alien. The ones that he calls White aliens, the Grey Aliens of Roswell and a race called the Nordics that look like humans. The white aliens could live up to 700 years, reminding us of the old testament and other ancient texts which have mentioned such long life spans.

According to Charles, the US government agreed to give Aliens temporary residence at the Nellis Air Force base. The government was willing to give them anything they required for technology transfer.

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